Alabama Marriage Laws

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Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Alabama. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Alabama. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Alabama.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 30 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Alabama

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Alabama

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Alabama

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Alabama to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in Alabama you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination can also provide a great deal of peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Alabama

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Alabama marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 30 days, and there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Alabama and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Alabama, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Alabama wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Alabama Marriage Code

Marriage in Alabama is governed by Chapter 1 of Title 30 of Alabama's Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
Alabama Code - Section 30-1-7: PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES

(a) Generally. Marriages may be solemnized by any licensed minister of the gospel in regular communion with the Christian church or society of which the minister is a member; by an active or retired judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Civil Appeals, any circuit court, or any district court within this state; by a judge of any federal court; or by an active or retired judge of probate.

(b) Pastor of religious society; clerk of society to maintain register of marriages; register, etc., deemed presumptive evidence of fact. Marriage may also be solemnized by the pastor of any religious society according to the rules ordained or custom established by such society. The clerk or keeper of the minutes of each society shall keep a register and enter therein a particular account of all marriages solemnized by the society, which register, or a sworn copy thereof, is presumptive evidence of the fact.

(c) Quakers, Mennonites, or other religious societies. The people called Mennonites, Quakers, or any other Christian society having similar rules or regulations, may solemnize marriage according to their forms by consent of the parties, published and declared before the congregation assembled for public worship.

- See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/alcode/30/1/30-1-7#sthash.AFDc8iQ9.dpuf

View the Alabama Statutes on the official state site
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Autauga County

176 W 5th St
Prattville, Alabama

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Baldwin County

220 Courthouse Sq
Bay Minette, Alabama

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Barbour County

303 East Broad Street
Eufaula, Alabama

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Bibb County

8 Court Square W
Centreville, Alabama

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Blount County

220 2nd Ave E.
Oneonta, Alabama

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Bullock County

217 Prairie St N # 103
Union Springs, Alabama

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Butler County

700 Court Square
Greenville, Alabama

Phone: (334) 382-3221
Fax: (334) 382-0385
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Calhoun County

1702 Noble Street Suite 102
Anniston, Alabama

Phone: (256) 241-2825
Fax: (256) 231-1728
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Chambers County

2 South LaFayette Street
LaFayette, Alabama

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Cherokee County

260 Cedar Bluff Road, Suite 101
Centre, Alabama

Phone: (256) 927-3363
Fax: (256) 927-3363
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Chilton County

500 2nd Ave N
Clanton, Alabama

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Choctaw County

117 South Mullberry Street
Butler, Alabama

Phone: (334) 613-5300
Fax: (334) 240-3097
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Clarke County

114 Ct. St.
Grove Hill, Alabama

Phone: (251) 275-3251
Fax: (251) 275-8427
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Clay County

25 Court Square
Ashland, Alabama

Phone: (256) 354-2198
Fax: (256) 354-4778
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Cleburne County

120 Vickery Street Ste. 101
Heflin, Alabama

Phone: (256) 463-5655
Fax: (256) 463-1044
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Coffee County

99 South Edwards
Enterprise, Alabama

Phone: (334) 613-5300
Fax: (334) 240-3097
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Colbert County

201 North Main Street
Tuscumbia, Alabama

Phone: (256) 314-5820
Fax: (256) 386-8547
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Conecuh County

111 Court Street
Evergreen, Alabama

Phone: (251) 578-1221
Fax: (251) 578-7034
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Coosa County

9709 US Highway 231
Rockford, Alabama

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Covington County

1K N Court Square
Andalusia, Alabama

Covington County website »

Crenshaw County

29 South Glenwood Avenue
Luverne, Alabama

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Cullman County

500 2nd Avenue S.W.
Cullman, Alabama

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Dale County

1 Court Sq # 1
Ozark, Alabama

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Dallas County

105 Lauderdale Street P.O. Box 987
Selma, Alabama

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DeKalb County

300 Grand Avenue S.W., Suite 100
Fort Payne, Alabama

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Elmore County

100 E. Commerce Street
Wetumpka, Alabama

Elmore County website »

Escambia County

314 Belleville Ave
Brewton, Alabama

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Etowah County

800 Forrest Ave First Floor Suite #122
Gadsden, Alabama

Phone: (256) 549-5340
Fax: (256) 549-1149
Etowah County website »

Fayette County

113 N. Temple Ave.
Fayette, Alabama

Fayette County website »

Franklin County

405 North Jackson Avenue
Russellville, Alabama

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Geneva County

200 N Commerce St.
Geneva, Alabama

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Greene County

400 Morrow Avenue
Eutaw, Alabama

Greene County website »

Hale County

1001 Main Street
Greensboro, Alabama

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Henry County

101 Court Square, Suite B
Abbeville, Alabama

Henry County website »

Houston County

462 N. Oates Street
Dothan, Alabama

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Jackson County

102 E Laurel St. Room 307
Scottsboro, Alabama

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Jefferson County

1801 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, Alabama

Jefferson County website »

Lamar County

44680 Pond St.
Vernon, Alabama

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Lauderdale County

102 S. Ct. St.
Florence, Alabama

Lauderdale County website »

Lawrence County

101 South Lawrence Street
Montgomery, Alabama

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Lee County

215 South 9th Street
Opelika, Alabama

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Limestone County

100 South Clinton Street Suite D
Athens, Alabama

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Lowndes County

Washington St.
Hayneville, Alabama

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Macon County

101 East Northside Street
Tuskegee, Alabama

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Madison County

100 North Side Square, Room 10
Huntsville, Alabama

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Marengo County

101 E. Coats Ave
Linden, Alabama

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Marion County

132 Military St. S, Room 204
Hamilton, Alabama

Marion County website »

Marshall County

425 Gunter Avenue, Suite 110
Guntersville, Alabama

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Mobile County

151 Government St
Mobile, Alabama

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Monroe County

Courthouse Square
Monroeville, Alabama

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Montgomery County

101 S. Lawrence Street, 2nd Floor
Montgomery, Alabama

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Morgan County

302 Lee Street
Decatur, Alabama

Morgan County website »

Perry County

Courthouse Square
Marion, Alabama

Perry County website »

Pickens County

50 Courthouse Sq # 106
Carrollton, Alabama

Pickens County website »

Pike County

120 W. Church Street
Troy, Alabama

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Randolph County

1 S. Main St.
Wedowee, Alabama

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Russell County

1000 Broad Street
Phenix City, Alabama

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Shelby County

112 N. Main St. P.O. Box 825
Columbiana, Alabama

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St. Clair County

165 5th Avenue
Ashville, Alabama

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Sumter County

115 Marshall Street
Livingston, Alabama

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Talladega County

1 Court Square
Talladega, Alabama

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Tallapoosa County

125 North Broadnax Street
Dadeville, Alabama

Tallapoosa County website »

Tuscaloosa County

714 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Walker County

1900 3rd Avenue P. O. Box 502
Jasper, Alabama

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Washington County

1 Court Street
Chatom, Alabama

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Wilcox County

100 Broad Street
Camden, Alabama

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Winston County

25125 Hwy 195
Double Springs, Alabama

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